Hello there!! We are back from a trip of a lifetime — a dream vacation to Italy. It has been on my list of places I’d love to visit for my whole adult life.
We are big wine lovers and take a trip to California every year with friends. We’ve always said someday we’d plan a trip to Tuscany instead. Our friends celebrated a big wedding anniversary this year so we decided to do it.
I rarely blog about our trips, even when readers request that I do. I know many of you really enjoy them, but it makes me a little uncomfortable and all LOOK AT WHAT I GOT TO DO. 😉 But this was truly a trip of a lifetime, so I’ll be sharing a few posts about this one. I took too many photos for just one post. 😉
Our friends planned the trip and they couldn’t have done any better. Every bit of it was a dream! We are the kind of people that like to GO on vacation. We’ve done plenty of relaxing trips, but overall we prefer to explore and experience! This trip was just that — we saw SO much in the short time we were there.
In this post, I’m sharing the beauty of Tuscany. The vistas and the villages that truly took my breath away. The countryside is all rolling hills and mountains, with olive and cypress trees everywhere (my favorites!) and fields of sunflowers and grape vines. Ancient, small villages pop up at the top of the hills and mountains throughout.
We stayed in an Airbnb in a very, very small village called Monticchiello. I nearly cried when we got there. I couldn’t have imagined a more authentic place to stay. It was everything I had dreamed!
It is not a big tourist spot, there were very few people visiting — many of those who came in for dinner seemed to be from nearby. It was like we were back in time — a true treasure!
These steps went up to the second floor our little cottage:
Monticchiello was very quaint and private — I just loved it:
I really couldn’t have imagined a better spot for our first trip!
Even better than the little village was the view from the top. This is what I opened our shutters to every morning:
AMAZING right?? The photos don’t even begin to do it all justice. What an amazing, beautiful trip!! I can’t wait to show you more, but I think this is a good start. 😉
If you have any questions on what I’ve shared so far, feel free to ask! If you’re interested in where we stayed, you’re welcome to email me. The cost of the whole trip wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and that’s mostly due to us staying in the Airbnb instead of a hotel. It was incredibly affordable when split between us.
I’ll be back with more soon, but now it’s back to DIY and house stuff! It’s so good to be home!!